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Taps: 72 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
338 S State St
phone: (734) 996-9191
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Ashley's is probably my favorite bar in the country. Perfect atmosphere to come hang out, grab a good beer with friends, have some good conversation, and have over 70 taps of great beer from across the country to choose from. The late night bar menu is good for snacking and even has some interesting stuff like chicken curry fries. I've spent countless nights here with friends and it's still great every time I come back.
06-10-2013 02:55:14 |
More by BeerMeAndRepeat
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ashley's is a cool little bar on State, right in the heart of Ann Arbor. Seems like there's a nice mix of students, locals, and average joes.
I went in on a nice spring afternoon... sat at the bar and immediately spotted the beers I wanted to try on the chalk board. A quick glance over their taps definitely lets you know this place is all business. Stone, Shorts, Bells, Founders, Chimay, Goose Island, and Jolly Pumpkin were all well represented.
I was greeted quickly and after having a sample and perusing the menu, I went with a lunch special. $10 total got me a PINT of Goose Island Imperial IPA, and a nice 1/2 turkey wrap and a cup of white bean chicken chili. A well-known regular was an awesome conversationalist, and made my time there that much more fun. I managed to get samples of Perseguidor, Goose Island IIPA and Night Stalker.
I have absolutely no complaints about Ashley's, and I honestly can't wait to make it out there again. This place is a real gem, especially on a beautiful afternoon.
03-27-2009 23:49:56 |
More by SaucyA
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
My absolute favorite place to have a beer. The atmosphere actually inspired the way I finished my basement. They've got the largest beer menu I've ever seen with dozens on tap and a few on cask. The service has always been great, and the waiters always know at least as much about beer as I do and can make a good recommendation of something I haven't had before.
The selection is nearly perfect, but they recently started focusing more on Michigan beers, which isn't entirely a bad thing, but I really enjoyed having Dogfish Head 90 and 120 on draft.
The food is definitely above average for a pub, my favorite is their specialty fries, particularly the pesto fries, but my friends love the stilton fries.
The beer is by no means cheap, but it isn't inflated either. I'm never "sticker shocked" when I get the bill.
Again, my favorite place to have a beer. It's not even close.
06-14-2013 00:06:40 |
More by linnymtu
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I visted Ashley's while I was on a business trip to Ann Arbor.
Aside from being COMPLETELY blown away by their selction on tap they came at you with a full list of bottled beers. Living in the Southwest there was an insane amount of beer that I have wanted to try in a bottle, but to have the ability to have it on tap was that much sweeter. I never thought I would see some Founder's Breakfeast Stout on tap :)
Their service was great the waitress was right on top of our glasses whenever they were empty. My two traveling mates got food there and I tried a little and it was pretty tasty....But not as tasty as the beer was!
I will definately be going back to visit when I am in the state again--Hopefully I can bring more people with to share in an awesome experience.
01-11-2009 04:06:12 |
More by westernseraph
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
great place. attractive and usually packed.
the quality of Ashley's is wonderful. good people, great selection of beer with a good menu that has accurate descriptions of each beer choice. i don't think they have PBR, which is too bad, but i wouldn't order it anyway.
the service is good. friendly staff, and are pretty well on the ball.
the selection of beer at this bar is the best in A2. some 60 beers to choose from and a number of rotating taps that amount to anywhere from 10-15, and rotating bottles.
The food is delicious, which is just icing on the cake.
check it out, it won't disappoint.
01-31-2009 01:40:42 |
More by foggymountainman
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I've been going to Ashely's for about a year a now, and I've yet to find a better bar anywhere. The amount of beer is staggering, and they are all excellent brews. I think the most low-brow beer they serve is Labatt's Blue Light, which I'm sure is only on the menu for people unfamiliar with craft beer. They have everything from local micro brews (Bell's, Jolly Pumpkin, Founders, etc), to Trappist ales. They also have an excellent selection of Scotch.
The service is generally very good, I have only ever had a problem once, and even then, it wasn't a big deal. It can get a little loud, I wish they would lose the jukebox, and sometimes people can be noisy, but never out of control. Its not that kind of bar. The food is solid, nothing out of this world. The interior is just dark enough, with great brick walls, nice tables, and beer signs all over.
All in all, this is a great place. It is where I began my beer education and it is where I continue it to this day. When I graduate from Michigan, Ashley's will one of the places I miss the most.
02-04-2009 05:23:39 |
More by bsand2053
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I stayed in Ann Arbor for business last week and looked up where to go on here. Ashleys poped up with great ratings, so I checked out thier website. Well Holy Shit!!!! It just so happened that the night I was staying there, Ashley's was holding a Founders event with KBS, CBS, Better Half, Nemesis, + other killer Founders beers along with the other awesome taps!
The service was unreal! I sat at the bar and was served the rare beers as soon as they were available. The price was great and I talked to a lot of cool people during the night.
I didn't try the food, but it looked good.
What a great place with a great beer selection!
05-24-2012 14:39:50 |
More by JDizzle
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Ashley's is my go-to bar in Ann Arbor, I'm there at least twice per week and I only hope that the next town I live in has a comparable bar.
The atmosphere is sort of dark with a definite pub feel to it. Lots of different style tables, chairs, booths, etc give it a bit of a small town pub feel. Definitely not corporate feeling at all. It is a smoking restaurant which is my only complaint (not a fan) but other than that it is a fun place to hang out.
The selection is incredible! There are over 60 taps with about 20 of them rotating weekly or bimonthly it seems. I drink almost exclusively from the rotating taps as they usually have excellent choices from Bells, Rogue, Shorts, Kuhnhenn, Dragonmead, New Holland, Jolly Pumpkin, and many others.
The service is very good, most of the servers have been working there for quite a while and have a good handle on what the different beers are like and can make recommendations based on your preferences. The food is standard pub fare and while it's not the best food in Ann Arbor it certainly is nothing to complain about either.
My take: if you're visiting Ann Arbor and can only visit one bar, this is the place to go. If you live in or around Ann Arbor and have never been there then you owe it to yourself to check it out.
03-24-2008 14:35:33 |
More by knight84
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for the first time yesterday, and was very impressed. I was there for lunch, but first things first - I picked up their drinks menu (which was an entire binder). They have all of their beer selections neatly categorized with short descriptions of everything. With around 70 beers on tap, it is sometimes hard to decide. They make it easy by offering free samples. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the beers and was able to make good suggestions. He even brought me extra samples that I didn't ask for because he figured I'd like them (he was right). I had a burger and fries to eat, which was pretty good. The atmosphere is pretty cool - lots of breweriana, but not enough to make things cluttered. Also, there was some good music being played piped in. When I was paying attention, it was some good jazz and classic rock. The music was very quiet - it was not intrusive at all. I'm glad I'm not too far from Ann Arbor. I think I'm going to have to make a habit of this place.
02-06-2005 20:57:33 |
More by BeerFink
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Ashley's is the bar to have a beer. They have an awsome selection full of Michigan brews, along with stuff from the west coast, Colorado, east coast, and Europe. I have had many a delicious beer there and could never hope to make it all the way through the menu. Service is the best at the bar where the bartenders can give you the down low on rotating taps, casks, and what's fresh. The rest of the staff has a rather high turnover and isn't as knowledgable. Food is nothing special but not bad. Prices are normal for area, 4.50-6 for normal pints, with some of the special stuff more (especially the bottles). Sun-Thursday features a dollar off something each night (local, ciders, porters, Belgians, etc...). The darker and smaller downstairs area is open on the crowded weekends, where there are about 6 taps, usually macros and a couple Bells. Very highly recommended.
01-07-2008 03:20:01 |
More by zdk9
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